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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore East on 1971-04-28

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore East on 1971-04-28

Set 1

Truckin', Beat It On Down The Line, Loser, El Paso, The Rub, Bird Song, Playin' In The Band, Cumberland Blues, Ripple, Me And Bobby McGee, I'm A King Bee, Bertha

Set 2

Morning Dew, Me & My Uncle, Deal, Hard To Handle, Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia, Dark Star*-> Saint Stephen*-> Not Fade Away*-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad*-> Not Fade Away*

*with Tom Constanten; Other artist(s): NRPS. This date is featured on Ladies and Gentlemen... The Grateful Dead.

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore East
Location New York, NY

Source SBD -> Shure Line Mixers -> Advent Advocate Dolby B Unit -> Master Reel (Sony Deck - BASF Tapes - 1/4 Track - 7 1/2 ips)
Lineage Master Reel (Teac A-6100) -> Advent Advocate Dolby B Unit -> Fostex FR-2LE -> WAV (24bit/96k) Mastering Info: WAV -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC/16
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Truckin through Bird Song (up to reel flip) from 1st Gen Reel
-- Tom Constanten plays on Dark Star through the end of the show
-- Thanks to Bill Gadsden for supplying the reels
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for supplying the patch source
-- Thanks to Neil Sturtevant for rebuilding the dolby unit


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2015
Subject: 4th night of five "Ladies" shows
It's the last two nights of this run where things got hot but this show has the most gifts, especially the 1st set. Only one song from this was show was used for the Skull Fuck album but 14 (most of the show) were used for Ladies & Gentlemen, though it missed a couple of the best and went for some average ones so as to not to repeat songs from the other days.

1st Set. Notice the whopping song list; big ones, too. This is one of those shows that starts with fire and the best Truckin of the week (though absent from Ladies it's highly detailed). BioDtL-5 is uptempo and tight. The next two are average for '71 (and on Ladies) but The Rub is better than 5/15/70. Bird Song was played the night before but this is better. Bobby struggles on Playin, Cumberland smokes, as it usually does in '71. Bobby McGee is better than the Skull Fuck version from the night before, King Bee is the best Pig of the night, and Bobby is inspired on Bertha - listen to his fills. Surprisingly not on Ladies either. Hell of a 1st set and maybe the year's best.

2nd Set. As others have pointed out, the 2nd set isn't as consistent as the first, though still above average (and a terrific show would be this 1st set and the 2nd set from the next night). There seems to be a consensus on the quality of the Morning Dew. It's a builder. The meat of the set was better on various other nights, though still good here. TC adds great textures to Dawk Staw and Stephen but it's the final sandwich that hits on all cylinders. '71 isn't my favorite era due to song selection but this is certainly the go-to show for the year, better than 8/24/71.

1st Set =  A-
2nd Set = B-
Overall: 4 Stars

1st Set:
Whole set, even with average Ripple and Playin'

2nd set:
Morning Dew - by the book 'til Jer warms then bam
Not Fade>Goin Down the Road>Not Fade - whole things hums along. The meat is better than Skull Fuck version

SOURCE: This Miller is best. Others are too EQd, fluctuating or not as well patched.
Reviewer: EcceHomo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2013
Subject: no encore necessary
I recently entered a contest to pick the "ultimate" set the Dead ever played. I selected the second set of this concert and mine was the winning entry (prize: two free tickets to the initial screening of Sunshine Daydream).

The beauty of this set it is that it is the most cerebral and introspective set the Dead ever played. Add to that a pristine soundboard recording, and unfettered, unbridled joy married with perfect execution in playing, and a picture emerges.

Tom Constanten probably was a factor in this mix. The Dark Star is perfectly textured. I adore the picked harmonics on Phil's bass part of the way through. This was perhaps my first Dead bootleg cassette and perhaps it is initial bias, but this remains my favorite Dark Star ever. The St. Stephen contains a serendipitous vocal flub that betrays Garcia's everlasting joyousness in his voice. The picture-perfect Dew, spot-on Other One suite including Cryptical, and blast-you-out-of-your seat NFA->GDTRFB->NFA are a perfect capper to this incredible set.

"Somebody put that horse out of its misery", indeed.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2013
Subject: Crystal clear
Trouble is, really clean sound like what Bear was engineering exposes all the warts, and it's really easy to hear when Garcia's guitar is even a little bit out of tune. A lot of the playing is shaky, especially Playin' and Cryptical Envelopment, which are basically ruined by flubs. Pigpen, though, is on top form despite the fact that his health must already have been failing by this time; maybe being the only one not dosed on acid can help sometimes. There are some great jams too, notably in Bird Song, Morning Dew and the Other One. The ending jam (Dark Star etc.) is almost understated in its energy, but full of maze-like intricacy.
Reviewer: zero g - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2013
Subject: Like an old friend...
Haven't heard this in probably 15-20, but was one of my earlier cassettes way back when. Just heard the first few tracks so far, but know the material already so well that from what I've heard so far, top ratings!
Reviewer: Ngerstman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2013
Subject: A typical daydream
Hi guys. After all these years of tooling around the site, had to join to throw in my 2 cents on this show. I am a long time Head and a pretty hard critic when it comes to the vast amount of stuff on this site as well as the various live releases from before and after Dick's Picks. I hate to say it but not too many fans admit to the fact that our favorite band was horribly unprofessional in that they were more often way less than they should have been any given night. This is one of if not my all time favorite shows. I always loved the sound of Jerry's guitar in this period, some of their best stuff. The playing on this show is generally great but what makes it so special is that it has IMO definitive versions of at least two maybe more beloved songs. Just as I would believe that everyone agrees that the Dark Star and The Eleven off Live Dead to be definitive as well as everything for the most part on Skull and Roses(Bertha, Not Fade Away, Warf Rat), the Morning Dew and Hard To Handle in this show ARE definitive, non ever done better. Those could be my most favorite live cuts not on Live Dead or Skull and Roses. The Truckin and Cumberland Blues are killer as well. I can't say enough about this show. I bought this as a bootleg cd 15-20 years ago at a store in the Village in NYC. It has good sound quality but the tape speed seems a little off. While there is some great stuff from the 4/29 show, this one is overall better so I agree with the other comments about the release of Ladies and Gentleman being too heavy on that show. I would love to have a great copy of this show. The drop in level on Hard to Handle is also annoying. I noticed that here as we'll. I could never understand why this show wasn't on all Dead Head desert island disks. Deserves to be. The bootleg cd I have, called Typical Daydream, also has a New New Minglewood that is also IMO definitive, that does not appear to be from the 28th. Strange, I thought it was. If not I wonder what show it's from. As I said I never herd a better one. If anyone knows how I can access a lossless copy of the 28th I would love to find the best sound quality possible. Thanks. Regards. Ned.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2013
Subject: best fillmore '71
What a great show in great sound. Phil and Pig lend awesome support to a killer Dew with Garcia in prime form. It sounds like 1970 for 12 minutes. newpotato11 has got it right.
Bird Song is spectacular.
The organ for the Dew is perfect, like the first version of Stella Blue in Ron's last show.
Reviewer: newpotato11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2012
Subject: Most Ut
One of my first tapes as well. When Ladies and Gentleman was due to come out, I eagerly awaited this version of Morning Dew to be selected and was shocked they picked the 4/29. This Dew is seamless in how it builds perfectly and has my favorite ending of all time. I suspect people on other planets will concur. The Hard to Handle is excellent and has my favorite Bob Weir solo for this song (the solo before Jerry's). Also awesome to finally hear the full version of That's It for the Other One into Wharf Rat. Skullfuck had the drums through the Other One. My old tape had Cryptical through about 5 minutes of The Other One, and I've never heard the Wharf Rat till hearing this copy. I also appreciate keeping this as one 19 minute song without extra track markers. Good move Mr Miller! And of course the Dark Star is a top 5 version for me as well. It's hard to believe I love this band so much more than any other group for the last 35 years. There is no end in sight!!! Thanks to shows like these.
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2012
Subject: Nice
Great quality of a great show.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2011
Subject: Pretty Damn Good!
The whole band is on fire with some real standouts from Pigpen Just listen to that Hard to Handle!). Two huge highlights for me from this show are that gorgeous Dew and that stark, beautiful Bird Song - both are among my favourite renditions.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2011
Subject: Poodle skirt
Poodle skirt, very funny! "The man giveth, and the man"...oh, you know the rest of his rant.

Another five star show from arguably their greatest year. One of the things I love here is that I hear Ron's organ loud and clear.

Listened to the Dark Star/Saint Stephen with T.C. in the early and mid 1970's. I'll bet I still have the cassette somewhere in the house.

Their greatest year? Here's the evidence: During this year, we hear Dark Star into Saint Stephen, as well as the introduction of these great songs: Jack Straw, Brown-Eyed Women, Tennessee Jed, Ramble On Rose, plus Ace and Garcia. Need more? How about Ron's last full year of (relatively) good health? Enough?
Reviewer: splue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2011
Subject: perfect show
i know what i like
Reviewer: PoodleSkirt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2011
Subject: Ladies & Gentlemen...
Shhh! I'll have to whisper. Can you hear me? Where the hell is Mr. uh oh um whatever? Didn't he see Mr. Miller's name on this little baby? Is he miffed because he paid real money for this when it was sitting here for you to DOWNLOAD absolutely free? Well, here's your chance! Go now! Fast! Before "they" read this posting! ...Uh-oh. Did you hear that knock on the door? Okay, I gotta go - they're on to me!
Reviewer: I Know You Ryder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2010
Subject: Awesome!!
Fantastic show, equaled only by the recording & sound quality. And i'm 99% positive this is the "The Other One" from Skull Fuck (Skull & Roses). This actually sounds better than the remastered one from the box set. Excellent job Senor Miller and keep them coming!!
Reviewer: gvtmule - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2010
Subject: Stellar
Incredible show all around and my favorite Hard To Handle. Morning Dew smokes as does the whole show really. One of my earliest tapes, it will always have a special place in my heart. It deserves and gets my first 5 star review. Enjoy this while you can folks!
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